the staircase – finally!

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The staircase was (after the sewer!) a never-ending-story of our renovation. We had several carpenters on location but nobody could give us a good solution. We have been thinking about some steep loft stairs or those narrow space saving stairs which work as a shelf (I love them but Martin is not a big fan of those solutions) so we worked and lived for month with our good old wooden ladder.
But between xmas and new year Martin and his grandpa (he’s a blacksmith!) worked on our final staircase and I love it!
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The frame is made of metal with wooden stairs and a pretty solid oak-timber-base (photo on the right).
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The parts fitted perfectly and we didn’t need to do any changes or slight adaptions… SCORE!
I couldn’t belive it … a task so big you thought you’ll never find a good and workable solution… but then like a miracle…
within half a day the stairs have been mounted!

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Not the best AFTER photo.
But I guess you get the idea.. the first 2 steps are made of those beautiful old oak timber beams and then you step up on the metal/wood staircase. What do you think? I love them (but maybe I’m just blinded by the light… because climbing up that ladder with a huge 35 weeks baby bump is not very comfy!)
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new heavenly stairway

Ahoy, everyone.
I share a quick review of our new exterior. Show you the “how-we-did-it /whole-story” pictures in the next post.
until then here’s the short version:

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what do you think?
I really like the raw look of it and i think it looks amazing with all the wood… but maybe its just me sitting on my pink cloud of love-my-stairs-rapture! (it makes so much more fun to climb up the stairs instead of the ladder)
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installing the stairs – the prequel – second part

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The weekend after we’d finished our preparations for the stairs we jumped right back into construction site work to build the two foundations with concrete. At the moment the level of the garden lies below the final one, so we needed to work with hollow bricks (you could also work with a cast and fill it with concrete but we thought it would be easier to work with those prefab bricks.)
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It was a beautiful and sunny day and my brother Schorsch and his girlfriend Tinka gave us a hand mixing the concrete. Luckily, we had a huge concrete mixer on the construction site. It holds about 5 or 6 wheelbarrows of concrete, so it was done pretty fast (“fast” in renovation-language means under 5 hours!).
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I’m glad Martin is in charge when it comes to all the neat and precise things… I’m just a little to sloppy (and with no patience) about things like that!

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If the weather is good we’ll be mounting the stairs next weekend. Keep my fingers crossed it’s going to be a great weekend!